Mothers of Invention on Vinyl – Are You Experienced?

When I came across these posts on YouTube, I could not help but share them here at KUR. Not because of the individual tracks themselves (which have been digitalized) – “Aybe Sea” (above) which closes side one of Burnt Weenie Sandwich and Uncle Meat‘s “Nine Types of Industrial Pollution” (below) – but because as these videos illustrate so well, a way of experiencing music which newer technologies have so hurriedly bypassed. I’m speaking of the whole tactile experience of listening to the vinyl record, itself: from how you held it in your hands, set the vinyl on the turntable, adjusted the amplifier and equalizer, then sitting before your stereo system, examined the album cover in your hands while the music filled the room.

Indeed, new technological advancements have brought music to the masses, have quite literally brought the recording industry to its knees, removed the middleman from between the artist and his fan – still, a part of me misses those times I recall raiding the local record store, hauling home my vinyl catch of the day, and losing myself in the warmth and depth that was always the vinyl experience.

Thanks to “gamesDAMNED” for posting these videos on YouTube. He describes the system in these videos as:

The Mothers of Invention – Aybe Sea

Turntable: Sony PX-X5 Direct Drive

Phono Cart: Grado Red

Preamp: Rega Fono Mini

Stereo: Marantz 2235b 

Recorded at 24/96 (24-bit, 96kHz) on Audacity.

The Mothers of Invention – Nine Types of Industrial Pollution

Turntable: Sony PS-X5
Phono Cart: 
Ortofon 2M Blue

Preamp: Musical Fidelity V-LPS w/ Radio Shack PSU
Harmon Kardon 330c stereo receiver

Recorded at 24/96 (24-bit, 96kHz) on Audacity

Having access to Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention now on vinyl, cassette, reel-to-reel, compact disc, etc – I cannot image any fan limiting themselves to just one format. The nuances are there to be heard and enjoyed by any discerning fan.

31 Responses to “Mothers of Invention on Vinyl – Are You Experienced?”

  1. Balint says:

    The funny thing is that Burnt Weeny Sandwich was released EXACTLY 40 YEARS AGO TODAY.


  2. Balint says:

    Uhh, sorry, 41… 🙂 I’ve forgot it’s 2011.

  3. Dark Clothes says:

    About anniversaries: One of these days, probably this week, I will be exactly twice the age I was when I saw Frank on the Broadway the Hard Way Tour. Sort of funny to think about that. (For me anyway…)

    I don’t really need YouTube to have a good vinyl experience – I just put a record on my turntable and play it. I don’t mind if it’s Burnt Weeny Sandwich, and preferably the original Blue Bizarre label edition, without the strange stretch in the master tape or whatever in the opening of Little House I Used To Live In… It’s not important, but strangely satisfying to have a version where even that split second is flawless, possibly apart from a slightly out of tune key on Underwood’s piano.

  4. Jake St. Vitus says: